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Creative Art
Start date: Aug 1, 2014, End date: Jul 31, 2015 PROJECT  FINISHED 

"Creative Art" youth exchange will bring together 40 young people from the Macedonia, Estonia, Poland, Spain, and Lithuania. The youth exchange will take place in Bitola, Macedonia from 21st- 29th November 2014. Together, they will come up with creative and innovative strategies to reduce, reuse and recycle waste and rubbish. The young people will not only try to change the image of rubbish & waste in a society, but will also aim to give rubbish new positive meaning. The youth exchange will take place in Bitola, Macedonia. This topic came from the initiative of young people from our organization and our partner organisations. It is particularly important in some of the partner countries where waste management and generally environmental problems are a big issue. Recycling is not very widespread and it does not have the same social meaning across all the EU countries. This youth exchange aims to tackle this problem among young people and promote recycling. During the exchange the participants will learn and discuss traditional ways of thinking about rubbish and how the rubbish is recycled, reused and reduced. They will take pictures of rubbish that describe its traditional image. This will be followed by creative workshops that will come up with new meanings and uses of rubbish. Some of the workshops will aim to produce practical and artistic artefacts out of the rubbish. Those will be photographed and compared with the traditional uses. To spread the new understanding of what rubbish is and could be, the participants will spend a day in the city. They will present their works to the local community, display contrasting pictures of traditional and newly created meaning of rubbish as well as run games and competitions and award winners with some of their works. The exchange will prepare participants to be active European citizens who understand their rights and duties and can be in charge of green societal change. It will develop their creativity and sense of entrepreneurship, will prepare them to take part in discussions about political and social matters, broaden their understanding of green matters as well as inspire them to organise community events. It will also develop their intercultural skills and will give them better understanding of other European countries' cultures.
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